Dayara Bugyal is also known as the most picturesque high altitude meadow, situated in Uttarkashi District of Uttarakhand region. ‘Bugyal’ in the local dialect means high altitude meadow or pasture lands. ‘Nature’s own garden’ as one may describe it, is nestled between the Deodar, Pine, Oak and Rhododendron forest. It is home to the rich wildlife that includes wild fox, porcupine, wild boar and many more. Birds like Himalayan Monal, Vulture, Snow Pigeon, Robin and Rosefinch are also easily sighted here. It is a perfect summer trek to witness the green meadows with the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas. These lush green meadows are developed into snow-white ski slopes during the winter season. Thus, in the winter season it is frequented by adventure lovers to take pleasure in Nordic as well as Alpine skiing.
Dayara Bugyal is one of the vast grasslands in India which covers an area of about 28 kilometers at an altitude of 3,408 m. Thus, Dayara Bugyal offers a plethora of magnificence during every season making it an ideal trek for beginners. Climbing towards the meadow altitude of 3,408 m trekkers are spell bound as the Himalayan ranges unfolds itself and peaks like Bandarpoonch, Black Peak, Srikanth, Jaonli and Draupadi ka Danda become clearly visible.
Butter festival also called Andhuri by the locals is a new means of promoting tourism. The festival takes place from 16th to 18th of August every year on the high altitude meadows of Dayara Bugyal. It is a means to express gratitude to Mother Nature for providing food and safety to their cattle. Butter and milk is smeared on each other and people sing and dance to the tunes of Dhol Damau. Cultural programs and folk dances are organized by the locals.
Day 1 – Dehradun to Barsu
- Drive: 186 Km
- Time Taken: 8 Hours
We start our drive from Dehradun to Barsu early in the morning. The drive is visually appealing as the route is a mix of changing mountain terrain and the colours of holy river Bhagirathi as we go deeper into the valley. Our drive ends as we reach village Barsu. Barsu is a tranquil village which is frequented by trekkers as it is the base-camp of Dayara Bugyal trek. The locals are devotees of Nag Devta and the village has a temple dedicated to Nag Devta. The day ends with a relaxing dinner and an overnight stay in a homestay.
Day 2 – Barsu to Barnala Tal
- Trek: 4 Km
- Time Taken: 3 Hours
The trek starts early in the morning after breakfast. The village perishes behind the forest trail as we ascend ahead of Barsu on the well-marked trail. The trail goes through an oak & rhododendron forest which finally leads us to a small patch of a meadow. The meadow is home to the beautiful Barnala Tal which is a natural high altitude lake and the holy Nag Devta Temple at one corner of the lake. The day ends as we set up tents for an overnight stay.
Day 3 – Barnala Tal to Dayara Top and back to Barnala Tal
- Trek: 5+5 Km
- Time Taken: 6 Hours
The trek starts through the forest trail in the morning. As we ascend leaving the forest trail behind we are greeted with some shepherd huts called Chani in the local dialect. As we pass the huts the meadow, Dayara Bugyal welcomes us with the backdrop of the snow capped Himalayan peaks. The lush green expanse of 28 square kilometers has streams and rivers that originate in this alpine meadow. The majestic Himalayan peaks, including Srikanth, Gangotri, Draupadi ka Danda, Jaonli, Bandarpunch and Swargarohini are visible from the meadow.
In summers, we trek through the green grass and flowers while in winters the trail is covered up with thick snow blanket. We enjoy our time at Dayara top and after relaxing we trek back to Barnala Tal, our campsite for the night.
Day 4: Barnala Tal to Barsu and Drive to Dehradun
- Trek: 4 Km Drive: 186 Km
- Time Taken: 8 Hours
The trek starts early in the morning as we descend from Barana Tal to village Barsu. The local community in Barsu is involved in agriculture but over the recent years Barsu has seen a surge in tourism. Thus, a number of guesthouses for tourists have come up bringing in employment. The locals also work as guides, cooks and porters. The day ends as we drive from Barsu to Dehra Dun filled with the memories of the beautiful Dayara Bugyal.
- Transport support from Dehradun to Dehradun.
- All vegetarian meals starting from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the last day.
- Professional guide, cook and support staff.
- Rent for camping equipment.
Clean sleeping bags and mats.
Good quality ¾ or 4 season ‘A’ shaped or dome tents
– Kitchen tents, common tents, toilet tents.
- Forest entry charges for Indian nationals – For non-
Indian passport holders; there will be an additional charge.
- Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment and NOT personal luggage.
- Triple sharing Tent accommodation throughout the trek.
- Homestay accommodation on 1st Day.
- All applicable taxes
- Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
- Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.
- Any cost or services not mentioned in the Inclusions.
- Accommodation in Dehradun.
- Cost arising due to unforeseen incidents like bad weather, medical evacuation, road blocks etc.
- Porter/mule charges to carry personal luggage – Can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 300 per day (1 soft bag per person < 12 kg).
- Trekking Shoes
- Trekking Pole
- LED Torch
- One Water Bottle (one litre)
- Lunch Box
- Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)
- Trekking Jacket
- Warm Layers
- Two trek pants
- Full sleeve dry-fit T-shirts
- Thermals (1 pair)
- Sunscreeen Lotion (SPF 50/70)
- Lip Balm (SPF 30)
- Synthetic hand gloves
- Woolen Cap
- Three pair of Socks
- Raincoat/Poncho is a must
- Daypack (Recommended), for summit Day
- Plastic cover (for wet clothes in winters and rainy season)
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license or voters ID
Cancellation By Operator
- Cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances
If the trek is cancelled due to bad weather conditions (Flood, landslide, snow, heavy rainfall, etc) or any other circumstances( Bandh, strike, earthquake, etc). Mountainiax will issue a trek voucher that can be redeemed within a period of one year for the same trek or any other trek from the date of the original departure date for which the booking was made.
Cancellation by Customer
If the user wishes to cancel any booking due to any reason, the same shall be only valid if Mountainiax is notified of the cancellation in writing on its official e-mail, at least 15 days before the commencement of the trip or any adventure activity.
The following refund shall be payable to the user in case of valid cancellation as per the guidelines
- Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date – 70% refund
- Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure – 50% refund
- Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund
- Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer
your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one.
Note: The above-mentioned refunds are subjected to deductions for any expenses that may have been incurred for hotel booking or
transport etc. Refunds are applicable on the total cost and not on the advance amount.